Articles By Rabbi Louis Jacobs

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    Rabbi Louis Jacobs

    Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.


    • MJL Author Article 90

      Rabbi: Teacher, Preacher, Judge -- But Not Priest

      The traditional rabbinate harks back to ancient practice, but is in fact a changing institution, first formalized in the fourteenth century.

    • MJL Author Article 91

      Gematria

      Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.

    • MJL Author Article 92

      Idolatry: The Ultimate Betrayal of God

      From the worship of statues to--some would say--the absolute veneration of political movements, Judaism forbids idolatry in all its forms.

    • MJL Author Article 93

      Zaddik

      A Hasidic spiritual leader believed to maintain a channel to God.

    • MJL Author Article 94

      Jewish Existentialism

      Emphasis placed on human free will and what is true to an individual.

    • MJL Author Article 95

      Jacob ben Asher

      The author of the Arbaah Turim set the scene for the publication of Karo's Shulhan Arukh.

    • MJL Author Article 96

      The Sukkah

      A temporary dwelling

    • MJL Author Article 97

      Menahem Meiri

      This medieval talmudist's religious tolerance was ahead of his time.

    • MJL Author Article 98

      Jeremiah: Prophet of Judgment and of Hope

      Jeremiah's tragic message is conveyed by both his prophecies and account of Jerusalem's destruction, but he also gives his people hope.

    • MJL Author Article 99

      Jewish Astrology

      There was no Jewish prohibition against consulting the stars, but sages questioned if astrology applied to Jews.


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